Like an itch that simply won’t go away, two disgraced Democrats best known for perpetually harassing their staff members have once again filed for political office.
Via the Observer:
Vito Lopez, the former assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic boss who was forced from office after being accused of sexually harassing his staffers, filed petitions to run again for his position as a district leader and state committeeman, according to Board of Elections documents. And Assemblyman Micah Kellner, the Upper East Side pol who chose not to seek re-election after his own sexual harassment scandal, also moved forward with his state committee bid after the Observer first reported his intentions in May.
Lopez was involved in a sexual harassment complaint that was eventually covered up by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The cover-up allowed Lopez to continue his harassing ways, something that has led to a lawsuit against Silver alleging that he created a “de facto policy” in which sexual harassment was “tolerated or condoned.”
A report released last year by state ethics regulators provided insight into the actions that led to former Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez’ downfall. The report indicated that Lopez told female staffers to wear suggestive clothing, stay with him in hotel rooms, forcibly groped one woman until his hands wandered up her legs, and even infected one woman with pink eye when he made her give him eye drops.
Lopez also was caught leering at a 14-year-old intern, suggesting the other women in his office dress as sexy as she does, and openly fantasized about living in a state where statutory rape was legal.
As for Kellner, he was issued a letter of admonition for violations of the Assembly’s sexual harassment policies against both male and female employees, and ordered to not bring in any new interns. Kellner however, couldn’t help himself, and was recently cited for sexually harassing more staff members and adding another intern to his staff.
As a result, Kellner was stripped of public resources and his offices ordered shut down.
Is this the best Democrats have to offer in downstate New York?